A Complete Guide to Wedding Anniversary Gemstones: 16-20 Years


A Complete Guide to Wedding Anniversary Gemstones: 16-20 Years

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wedding anniversary gemstones 16-20 years

Marriage is a long-lasting commitment and celebrating each anniversary is a significant milestone, so what better way to do it than with a representative gemstone?

Gifting a piece of jewelry as a wedding anniversary gift is a time-honored tradition. The list of gems used to mark the anniversaries have been endorsed by the Jewelers of America, The American Gem Society, The American Gem Trade Association, and the Gemological Institute of America.

If you are looking for the perfect gift for your spouse on your wedding anniversary, take a look at our complete guide of significant gemstones. In our last blog post, we discussed anniversary gemstones from years eleven through fifteen, in this post, we continue the list throughout the years of further marriage.


16th Year: Peridot

Peridot is brought up to the surface of the earth by volcanic eruptions and can also be found on meteorites. Unlike most gemstones, Peridot only appears in a single color: olive-green. The percentage of iron within the crystal structure determines the intensity and tint of the beautiful green color.


17th Year: Wristwatches

Wristwatches are a great gift for your spouse on your 17th year wedding anniversary. The Omega Speedmaster was NASA’s official watch and the first watch to set foot on the moon. At Precious Metals Refinery we have a wide selection of watches, there is sure to be one your spouse will remember forever.


18th Year: Cat’s-Eye Chrysoberyl

Chrysoberyl showcases a cat’s eye effect, called chatoyancy (shah-toh-yen-cee), where light reflects off the gem surface’s needle-like inclusions causing a band of light to appear. Cat’s-eye chrysoberyl comes in a range of colors, mostly yellows tinted with green, brown and gray. A semi-transparent golden yellow to slightly greenish/brownish yellow are the preferred colors, with the most preferred hue being referred to as “Milk and Honey” keeping up with the cat theme.


19th Year: Aquamarine

It’s believed that the aquamarine brings happiness to a marriage and calms stormy waters. Highest quality aquamarine stones have a medium-dark blue to slightly greenish blue hue with a moderately strong intensity and no visible inclusions. This gem makes an especially fine gift to spouses with a love of the ocean as aquamarine is latin for seawater.


20th Year: Emerald

Congratulations, you have reached two decades of marriage! Emeralds are extremely rare, and command great value and respect as one of the most precious of gemstones. The best quality emeralds are bluish green to pure green in color, with vivid color saturation and tone that’s not too dark.


If you are searching for the perfect gemstone for your spouse, visit Precious Metals Refinery and talk with our professional experts to help you find the perfect gift.

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